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OCYSO Principal Harpist Melody Tai performs with Usher and Stevie Wonder at the Grammys 2015

OCYSO Principal Harpist Melody Tai performs with Usher and Stevie Wonder at the Grammys 2015

Orange, CA – Melody Tai, 17-year old principal harpist of The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, performed live on national television accompanying pop star Usher, who was joined by the legendary Stevie Wonder at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

“The Grammys was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time performing with Usher and Stevie Wonder, two music legends, in front of so many other talented musicians and spectators around the world,” said Melody. “Everyone at the event was very kind— helping me with moving the harp around for the rehearsals and giving me time to tune and test the sound — and I feel very grateful to have been able to have this experience. I was also very lucky that my harp teacher, Alexandra Perdew, and my mother were able to accompany me that night and that my friends were watching and rooting for me from their homes. Overall, it was a fun-filled and memorable experience that I will never forget.”

Melody’s teacher, Alexandra Perdew, added “Melody is an incredible young artist. She is constantly trying to be a better musician and gets excited about new opportunities.  She has continuously accepted every challenge I have given her, whether it is an international competition, master class, recital, or professional orchestra audition.  She is ready for anything that comes along. She can now prepare for anything on a moment’s notice. That is the key and something we try to teach. When the lucky moment arrives and you get offered the chance to audition for something like this; you have to have years of preparation that have made you ready to succeed at the audition and during the performance. That is exactly what happened.  Years of Preparation and the right bit of luck. Melody not only got the job, but also performed on an international stage of this level, with confidence, because of years of constant preparation and a community that pushed her.”

“Whether it’s performing live on national television during Music’s Biggest Night or playing our Concerts for Fifth Graders, Melody personifies the pre-professional training that OCYSO provides. We could not be more proud of her,” says Daniel Alfred Wachs, music director & conductor.

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